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Update—November 16:
First ACT office
The first office of the American College Testing Program in Iowa City. Photo courtesy of ACT.

Born in UI College of Education
in 1959, ACT enjoys strong bond
with founding institution

Richard Ferguson, board chairman and CEO of ACT, stood before a crowd of 150 university, testing, business, and government leaders gathered to celebrate his company’s 50th anniversary.

“How many of you have taken the ACT?” he asked.

Nearly every hand went up.

ACT, best known for its college entrance exam, started with an idea from a professor in the University of Iowa College of Education. It has grown into a multifaceted, multinational enterprise. But the nonprofit continues to enjoy a strong bond with its founding institution.



Compensation & Classification Redesign: JIF provides UI staff the opportunity to tell University about their work

Now it's your turn.

The University of Iowa's Compensation and Classification Redesign Project has reached a point where non-organized professional and scientific staff are asked to complete the Job Information Form—informally known as the JIF. Completion of the JIF involves providing a description of one's job here at the University.

Robert Millsap, senior assistant director in UI Human Resources, spoke with fyi about the JIF, answering questions about how the JIF fits into the redesign project, how much time it takes to complete the JIF, and collaboration with colleagues on completing this step of the process.




News in brief



  • Miss Iowa teams with UI Hygienic Laboratory as ambassador
  • Jazz ensemble to perform set inspired by Ray Charles and Quincy Jones
  • Decorated author Chris Abani to give lecture in Englert Theatre
  • IMU chefs to present French Bistro themed lunch
  • UI Tennis Facility to receive two awards
  • W-2 forms will be available on Employee Self Service web site
  • UI Health Care offering new services for UI employees
  • Proposals sought for Catalyst Award Seed Grants
  • Heed the call for Improving Our Workplace Award nominations
  • Presentations on SAS statistical analysis software to be held Nov. 17
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • Private rural drinking water well study results released
  • UI joins new national volunteer recruitment registry

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  • Recent deaths

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University helps veterans transition from combat to classroom

John Mikelson speaks with student veterans
John Mikelson talks with student veterans. Photo by Kirk Murray.

University of Iowa student Cate Hartmann can still conjure the smell of burning oil wells and decaying bodies in bombed-out tanks she experienced as she traveled on the Highway to Hell in Iraq during her military service in the first Persian Gulf War.

In the midst of 11 months spent overseas, serving her country as part of Operation Desert Storm, Hartmann, then 36, had to leave her fifth-grade son behind with relatives and underwent a divorce.

Now, after more than two decades out of education and successful careers in agriculture and accounting, Hartmann is pursuing an advanced degree. She arrived on campus in spring 2009—one of an estimated 300 student veterans at Iowa who is making the transition from soldier to student.



UI Center for Human Rights marks decade of making impact near and far

What started out as a campuswide commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has evolved into a center that shapes curriculum, facilitates scholarship and teaching, provides student scholarships for experiential learning, and promotes and helps to protect myriad human rights domestically and internationally.

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR), part of UI International Programs, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this November with a celebration featuring lectures, a film series, panel discussions, and performances, all of which are free and open to the public.



Photo feature: Rowing team returns to home waters at Head of the Iowa

For the first time since 2006, the UI rowing team welcomed competitors to its home waters. On Oct. 25, the team hosted the Head of the Iowa, an event that also marked the first time the Hawkeyes was able to row at the new P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse.

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David Perlmutter
  David Perlmutter
alism schools across the country are revamping their curricula to prepare students for the diversified demands of the profession. Iowa's School of Journalism and Mass Communication is no exception. David Perlmutter, the UI school's new director, took a moment to discuss with fyi his vision for the program and to offer some tips for alumni in the field. He explains how he landed at Iowa—and describes his rare but useful disorder: “information panic.”




"For 30 years, the hypothesis has been that neuroticism is behind inflated reports of symptoms. We're saying no—depression appears to be the big player."

Jerry Suls, professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
(U.S. News & World Report, Nov. 3)

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